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May 14th, 2021


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Wyoming Republicans React To Liz Cheney's Removal From Republican Leadership

Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney was removed from her leadership position as the number three House Republican on Wednesday for criticizing former President Trump's ongoing lies about the 2020 election. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler spoke with Republicans across the state on how they feel about Cheney and her future.

Delayed Justice: Mountain West Court Backlogs Leave Defendants In Limbo

The pandemic delayed weddings, concerts and plenty of other life events. But for many, it also delayed justice. The Mountain West News Bureau's Madelyn Beck looked into courtroom delays during the pandemic.

Wyoming Dept. Of Health Official Explains The Pros And Cons Of Medicaid Expansion

After finally passing the Wyoming House of Representatives this year, a legislative committee has set the stage for Medicaid expansion to be debated during an upcoming special session of the legislature. Stefan Johannsen is the Deputy Director of the state Department of Health explains why after seven years the issue has some momentum.

"It's Hard To Reach A Compromise": How Communities Are Handling Conflicts Over Wind Development

Wyoming is famous for its wind. And a new urgency to address climate change has ramped up the number of wind projects moving in. But that's spelled more conflicts as communities are split over whether to approve them. Wyoming Public Radio's Melodie Edwards reports.

A Change To Capturing One Data Point Shows Conservative Grizzly Bear Population Numbers

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team has changed a data point in their calculations for the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bear population. This one adjustment shows how past population estimates on the number of grizzlies have been very conservative. Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska asked study team leader Frank Van Manen why make this change now.

Scientists Overcome Barriers From Pandemic To Find Wyoming Fossils

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people started working from home. Some scientists who study plant fossils used that time away from the office to their advantage. Wyoming Public Radio's Ashley Piccone reports that it helped them learn new tools to discover some really old leaves.

Returning To 'Normal' Is A Different Reality For Many Immigrants

As more people across the world are getting vaccinated, talks of 'returning to normal' are growing. This can look like attending concerts with friends to gatherings with family for holidays like Easter. But this depiction of normalcy isn't the same for everybody. Wyoming Public Radio's Naina Rao reports how one family is trying to return to their normal, under incredibly challenging circumstances.

New Book Explores Bonneville's Expedition In Wyoming

Captain Benjamin Bonneville's Wyoming Expedition: The Lost 1833 Report has been published by Arcadia and the History Press. The book examines the details revealed in the historic document. Grady Kirkpatrick spoke with author Jett Conner.

Grady has taken a circuitous route from his hometown of Kansas City to Wyoming. Sometime after the London Bridge had fallen down, he moved to Arizona and attended Arizona State University and actually graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. ("He's a Lumberjack and he's OK……..!") He began his radio career in Prescott in 1982 and eventually returned to Kansas City where he continued in radio through the summer of 1991. Public Radio and the Commonwealth of Kentucky beckoned him to the bluegrass state where he worked as Operations/Program Manager at WKMS in Murray and WNKU in Highland Heights just across the Ohio from Cincinnati.
Bob Beck has been News Director of Wyoming Public Radio since 1988. During his time as News Director WPR has won over 100 national, regional and state news awards.
Melodie Edwards is the host and producer of WPM's award-winning podcast The Modern West. Her Ghost Town(ing) series looks at rural despair and resilience through the lens of her hometown of Walden, Colorado. She has been a radio reporter at WPM since 2013, covering topics from wildlife to Native American issues to agriculture.
In addition to reporting daily on the happenings in Northwest Wyoming, Kamila is also the producer of the Kids Ask WhY Podcast and the History Unloaded Podcast.Kamila has worked for public radio stations in California, New York, France and Poland. Originally from New York City, she loves exploring new places. Kamila received her master in journalism from Columbia University. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the surrounding areas with her two pups and husband.
Catherine Wheeler comes to Wyoming from Kansas City, Missouri. She has worked at public media stations in Missouri and on the Vox podcast "Today, Explained." Catherine graduated from Fort Lewis College with a BA in English. She recently received her master in journalism from the University of Missouri. Catherine enjoys cooking, looming, reading and the outdoors.
Naina Rao comes to Wyoming Public Radio from Jakarta, Indonesia. She has worked at NPR for Story Lab and the nationally syndicated show, "1A". Naina graduated from Michigan State University in 2018 with a B.A. in Journalism. Naina enjoys swimming, listening to podcasts and watching Bollywood movies.
Ashley is a PhD student in Astronomy and Physics at UW. She loves to communicate science and does so with WPM, on the Astrobites blog, and through outreach events. She was born in Colorado and got her BS in Engineering Physics at Colorado School of Mines. Ashley loves hiking and backpacking during Wyoming days and the clear starry skies at night!